Today, I want to share how to send HTTP request from browser using builtin JavaScript and jQuery.

XML HTTP Request (XHR)

var xhr = new XMLHttpRequest();
xhr = new XMLHttpRequest();'GET', 'http://localhost:8080/users/');
xhr.onreadystatechange = function() {
  var users = JSON.parse(xhr.responseText);
  if (xhr.readyState === XMLHttpRequest.DONE && xhr.status === 200) {
    for (var i = 0; i < users.length; ++i) {
  } else {
    console.error('There was a problem with the request. ' + users);

The XMLHttpRequest.onreadystatechange property contains the event handler to be called when the readystatechange event is fired, that is every time the readyState property of the XMLHttpRequest changes.

XMLHttpRequest.onreadystatechange = /* callback */;

Property onreadystatechange is supported in all browsers. Since then, a number of additional event handlers have been implemented in various browsers (onload, onerror, onprogress, etc.).

Ready State Num Description
UNSENT 0 XHR constructed.
OPENED 1 Method open() successfully invoked.
HEADERS_RECEIVED 2 Redirection finished, all headers received.
LOADING 3 The response’s body is being received.
DONE 4 The data transfer has been completed, or error.

jQuery 1.4

Load data from the server using a HTTP GET request.

  url: url,
  data: data,
  success: success,
  dataType: dataType

with the following type table:

Key Value
url String
data PlainObject or String
success Function( PlainObject data, String textStatus, jqXHR jqXHR )
dataType String

For example:

  url: 'http://localhost:8080/users',
  type: 'GET',
  data: data,
  success: function(users) {
    for (var i = 0; i < users.length; ++i) {
  error: function(xhr) {
    var resp = JSON.parse(xhr.responseText);

jQuery 1.5+

As of jQuery 1.5, all of jQuery’s Ajax methods return a superset of the XMLHTTPRequest object. This jQuery XHR object, or “jqXHR”, returned by $.get() implements the Promise interface, giving it all the properties, methods, and behavior of a Promise.


The Promise object represents the eventual completion (or failure) of an asynchronous operation, and its resulting value.

// Assign handlers immediately after making the request,
// and remember the jqxhr object for this request
var jqxhr = $.get( "example.php", function() {
  alert( "success" );
  .done(function() {
    alert( "second success" );
  .fail(function() {
    alert( "error" );
  .always(function() {
    alert( "finished" );
// Perform other work here ...
// Set another completion function for the request above
jqxhr.always(function() {
  alert( "second finished" );